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  • by Henri Green

"A Closer Look" is a chance to get to know each of our employees more closely. This is the first in the series of our monthly installments, and we start with Rhiannon.

At barely 23 years old Rhiannon is younger than the office vacuum cleaner and is of Welsh descent. A Chelmsford girl, Rhiannon has served some time in Brentwood but now lives in Mayland. She attended Anglo European School where she gained her GCSE’s and A Levels before moving on to Southend College to study health and social care. The plan was to go on to study Psychology at university but she decided instead to get some work experience first.


After a number of temp roles in the Corporate Finance sector, – including large corporate environments such as IFDS – and having formed some idea of what she would ideally want from a permanent role, Rhiannon approached The Lightbulb in Basildon. The Lightbulb specialise in providing apprenticeships and commercial training across a wide range of sectors and it was they who steered Rhiannon towards Meakins. We had identified a need to bring an apprentice into the Company to focus on building our social media presence and bringing structure into our overall marketing approach.


Rhiannon was the youngest and least experienced of the interviewees but impressed us immediately with her appetite to learn and strong interest in the use of social media. She was initially attracted to the apprenticeship scheme as it combined learning with the real world of full time employment, which of course in turn allowed her to earn money and gain a qualification at the same time. Coming from a corporate environment to a small family business was a big change, but something which Rhiannon to her great credit has taken to very readily. The main reason for this she says is a feeling of being more invested in and part of a small family business. Her role at Meakins offers her more ability to make changes and get involved with strategic and process change which is something she was never given the opportunity to be a part of in her previous corporate environments. We tend to think she also enjoys her time at Meakins as it gives her first hand insight into some lively human psychology scenarios …….. but that’s a family business for you!!!


Following an initial induction period and some fairly mundane office admin tasks Meakins Director, Andrew, appointed Rhiannon as our very first full time Marketing person and he has proceeded ever since to pile lots of new and exciting things into her workload!! This has included how to operate a digital printing press, creating regular content for client promotions, website and Facebook use, plus monitoring and reporting to the Company on our on-line google performance. She is clearly very happy in the role which leverages her core skills in social media and related computer and IT technology.


Not content with all this she is now also spreading her wings further, and has started to go out and meet new customers. Scary certainly at first, but as she herself now confesses – it is very exciting to get out of the office and meet both existing and new prospective clients, identifying leads and getting that all important sale!


Probably the best way to summarise Rhiannon’s position is to quote her own words…


“I am looking to be with Meakins for a long time to come - I love working for a small local business and being an integral part of something that’s truly meaningful”

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